Which wireless-N router of these four?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by glitch44, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    I'm trying to decide on a wireless-n router for my father. I have a Dlink DGL-4300 that's been rock solid, but it's neither manufactured anymore nor is it wireless-n.

    I just want stability as I, like many of you, are the defacto tech support person for my family and don't want to field lots of calls.

    I'm considering:

    Apple Airport Extreme
    + ease of use
    - no QoS
    - $$$ cost
    - My father has a PC, not sure how good airport management utility is for PC

    ASUS RT-N16
    + can install tomato-USB on it
    + USB ports (not sure if he'd use these)
    - have never owned Asus router
    - stock firmware supposedly horrible, not sure how stable tomato USB is on it.

    Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH
    + comes with DD-WRT installed
    + cost
    - have never owned a Buffalo router

    D-Link DIR-655
    + D-Link has treated my right in the past
    + QoS
    - Doesn't support DD-WRT or Tomato

    Any thoughts on which one?
     
  2. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a

    crzdcolombian

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    what does he need it for? How many computers or things will be on the network?

    I recently purchased a Cisco e2000 for $80 it was one sale from $100 and it works great very stable as just about every brand new router you buy should stable. Very easy to use and set up although I hear Cisco customer support is awful.

    My parents are in their 60s and basically only wireless thing they need is for their imac to be wireless. They have 1 computer on it and just about anything works fine for them.

    I looked into the Asus and the dlink I just didn't like how it looked or that the attenas are shown.
     
  3. glitch44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    He has one computer but he's talking about getting an iPad, hence the wireless-N. Also, he doesn't have a hardware firewall in front of his PC right now, which I keep telling him is absolute insanity.
     
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure the price of the others, but I would get the AEBS via the refurbished store for 129.
     
  5. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    +1. I've purchased the AEBS and 2 Expresses this way.

    I'm not aware of a need for QoS for me and have never looked for it. I believe the PC utility works fine thought it's been a while since I've used it. Once the device is setup you won't touch it again in my experience.
     

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